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Hi everyone! July is quickly approaching and the release of my ebook, Camera Moms: Photographing Your Little Ones Like a Pro is almost here! I’ve been trying to share some simple tips along the way that you could go ahead and put to use and today I’ve decided on one of the most common questions I get… “How do you make the background blurry while the person is in focus?” The technical answer to this question isn’t very straight forward, because it would include explaining aperture, lighting, f/stop and fractions. I happen to love fractions but I’m assuming the majority of my readers don’t, so I will refrain from being the huge dork that I am. : )
So, here it is, the extremely non-technical, super easy to follow answer.
For DSLR users… (the kind of camera that can change lenses)
1. Set your camera mode to “A” or “Av” (This is Aperture priority mode)
2. Use the dial to make the “F” number on your screen go as low as possible. (If you have a kit lens, this may be around 5.6 or so. If it goes lower, great.)
3. The more distance you have between the person and the background, the better.
4. Use your zoom, you might have to back away from your subject more to fit them in your view but remember to fill your frame (i.e. close-up pic).
For the Point and Shoot users… (the kind that doesn’t change lenses)
1. Some P&S camera may have the “A” or “Av” mode like above for the DSLR, if so, follow the above directions. If not, you should have a “P” mode, use it. (Portrait mode)
2. The more distance you have between the person and the background, the better.
3. Zoom out as far as you can, you might have to back away from your subject more to fit them in your view but remember to fill your frame (i.e. close-up pic).
One last piece of advice, I recommend trying to focus on the eyes or the eye closest to the camera if you have a lot of blur. Hope this was simple enough! I would greatly appreciate your comments. Let me know what you want to read about next!
If you like these super easy tips, snag your copy of Camera Moms: Photographing Your Little Ones Like a Pro today, it is jam-packed with simple tips and tricks like these. : )